The WSU men’s basketball team isn’t exactly picked to be a powerhouse this year, but they play in a powerhouse conference (the Pac-12, albeit in a bit of a rebuilding stretch) with deep rivalries and some interesting new players (Colorado and the usually basketball-strong Utah), which means their games tend to be electrifying, even when the team itself isn’t.
In a nod to Spokie fans, they open their Pac-12 season play at the Spokane Arena this weekend, hosting the Oregon Ducks on Thursday and the Oregon State Beavers Saturday. Both those teams are picked to land in the middle of the pack (WSU was near the bottom in pre-season polls), too, but all three clubs have had some good wins in pre-conference play. And, you know, even if the Cougs lose, you can at least say you saw Michelle Obama’s bro-bro. He’s the coach for Oregon State. Ballers run in the family.